MULTIPLE firearms and pre-packaged drugs were recently seized by the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) during a vehicle stop in Newton, as the Surrey RCMP continues to target individuals associated with gang and drug trafficking activity.
Shortly after 11:30 p.m. on April 17, the SGET conducted a traffic stop in the area of Woodland Place and 99 Avenue. During their interactions with the driver, the officer observed a weapon inside the vehicle and subsequently detained the driver for weapons possession.
Further investigation of the vehicle led to the discovery and seizure of several other weapons including a 12 gauge shotgun, 22 caliber semi-automatic rifle, starter pistol, firearms ammunition, and two knives.
Officers also located and seized multiple baggies of suspected fentanyl and suspected methamphetamine.
The driver was arrested for possession for the purpose of trafficking, and later released. Charges have not yet been laid as the investigation is ongoing.
Surrey RCMP Sgt. Elenore Sturko said the SGET continues to be engaged in an aggressive plan to target criminals who put the community at risk. The SGET officers have direct contact with gang members and affiliates in Surrey through increased curfew checks as well as continued targeted enforcement and vehicle interdictions.
Between January 1 and March 31, the SGET conducted:
- 265 establishment checks for the Inadmissible Patron Program
- 150 Outlaw Motorcycle Gang clubhouse checks
- 119 curfew checks of gang members and associates currently living in Surrey
- 52 drug investigations that resulted in the seizure of 17 vehicles
Targeted enforcement by the SGET prioritizes those individuals who pose the highest risk to public safety because of their actions, affiliations, involvement with gangs, and drug trafficking throughout the Lower Mainland.